The Blue Hole near Dahab, Egypt, in the Gulf of Aqaba is one of the most dangerous underwater caves in the world. While part of the cave is explored almost daily by tourists and recreational divers, its deeper caverns are strictly off limits to all but the most skilled of professionals. Despite this restriction, every year there are at least a handful of divers who attempt to navigate to the bottom of the cave. Many of these folks get lost or become stuck and end up dead.
The following video was shot by a pair of divers exploring the Blue Hole in late 2006. At around the 360-foot mark, they came across the badly decomposed body of an unknown diver. No one is quite sure who it was and how they ended up dead at the bottom of the cave system. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s still a heartbreaking sight.
WARNING: the following footage is not for the faint of heart.
Sadly, the divers who spotted the body were not able to bring it back up with them. As far as we can tell, the body was never retrieved. R.I.P., mystery diver. And to those considering attempting challenging dives without guides, don’t do it.